Fodor's Expert Review I:ba Café

$$ Varanasi Asian Fodor's Choice

At this unexpected oasis away from the chaos of the ghats, you can find good Japanese food and great cold coffee, perfect after a hot walk. Dark wood accents, warm yellow lights, and pleasing jazz music set a stylish scene—cane "tikki roofs," cozy floor couches, dangling bells, dry corn husks. A Japanese and Indian husband-wife team run the operation, serving varied cuisines, including Indian, Thai, and Korean, as well as pizzas and pastas, but the Japanese is the best: delicious vegetable tempura, tasty chicken gyoza (dumplings), teryaki chicken, sticky rice bowls, and a variety of ramen (noodle) dishes. The nonvegetarian items on the menu are limited to chicken and mutton; no beef or fish is served here.

Asian Asian Fusion Trendy Trendy Lunch Dinner $$ Fodor's Choice

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B3/335B
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh  221001, India

0542-227–7523

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